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Scott Puryear, Sports Information Director
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**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Baseball Drops Four Games
by Aggie Sports on 02/27/06

Goodwell, Okla.- Augustana College of Sioux Falls, S. D., visited the Oklahoma Panhandle State baseball complex last weekend for a pair of doubleheaders and picked up four wins.

Augustana 12, OPSU 4

Augustana held the Aggies to four hits in the first game on Saturday, but one of them was a three-run homer by senior third baseman Chris Barnes. The Denver, Colo. native’s blast also plated Dave Pierson (SR; Houston, Texas) and Aaron Tecumseh (SR; Okmulgee, Okla.).

For the game, both Pierson and Barnes were one for three at the plate, as were JeCorey Matthews (SR; Oklahoma City) and K.D. Bressler (SO; Guymon, Okla.). Pierson’s hit was a double, and Fred Crapse (SO; Owasso, Okla.) knocked in a run.

Augustana 6, OPSU 2

In Saturday’s second game, the Aggie bats came alive, but they could manage only a pair of runs.

Shortstop Brock Hixenbaugh (JR; Laramie, Wyo.) had a pair of hits in four tries, knocked in a run and scored another. Catcher Rojer Johnson (SO; Okmulgee, Okla.) was 2-4 at the plate, and Crapse and Barnes also had hits. Pierson had a double in a pair of plate appearances.

Augustana 7, OPSU 1

In Sunday’s first game, OPSU pitcher Ricky Reagan (SR; Houston, Texas) had a no hitter through four innings, but Augustana finished fast to defeat the Aggies 7-1.

Crapes and Tecumseh managed the only two Aggie hits.

Augustana 7, OPSU 4

In the final contest of the four game set, Augustana broke a 4-4 deadlock in the seventh inning for their 7-4 victory.

Second baseman Wes Wise (SR; Levelland, Texas) had a double, and Pierson had a single that drove in two runs. Other Aggie hits were by Bressler, Hixenbaugh, Johnson and Matthews, who scored twice.

The 6’4" freshman Casey Pickard(Sentinel, Okla.) scattered eight hits over 5-plus innings for OPSU.

Though the Aggies are 0-13 on the season, they are continuing to improve and will go for their first win on Thursday in San Antonio against St. Mary’s. The two teams are set for doubleheaders on Thursday and Friday.

Both Matthews and Pierson are showing well in the overall Heartland Conference statistics with batting averages of .385 and .294 respectively. Matthews has an on-base percentage of .500, and Pierson is showing .400 in the same category.





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